FULL SCALE #8: [COSPLAY] – Wrathion (World of Warcraft)
Hello hello. I am here! I promised a post, and boy is this a big one. Time for more cosplay!
First a little background on the character: Wrathion is a character from the Warcraft game universe, more specifically the MMORPG World of Warcraft. Players will be familiar with this character as his storyline is important to in-game world events, and you even undertake quests to save his egg from destruction as part of some levelling up quests. He is the last of the Black Dragonflight – the corrupted dragon species, the leader of whom – Deathwing – tried to destroy the world and was thwarted by heroes (players) in Cataclysm (Expansion 3). He is only three years old when we first meet him in Mists of Pandaria (Expansion 4), so his dragon form is a ‘whelpling’, or cute-little-baby-dragon-with-tiny-wings. But as dragons live for hundreds of years, his human form is an adult male. Keep in mind that he is only three, so is still a child. He is however, extremely knowledgeable, and has a network of spies that he presides over, making him an important player in game world.
The reason I enjoy Wrathion so much, is that he is intriguing – he has no real true alliances, he still exhibits childlike qualities, but he determined to redeem his species and change how people view him. Though he makes some questionable decisions affecting the game world as a whole (and setting up for Expansion 5 – Warlords of Draenor), he remains singularly different to the other major players in Warcraft lore.
I would like to point out, that as a person of colour, he is one of the few characters available for us to cosplay without colouring our skin. WoW is generally good like that, with a whole rainbow of skin tones, but it is nice to have a brown character to cosplay. Dragons are also genderless, which makes Wrathion ripe for Rule 63 and genderbending cosplay, and indeed he is a popular choice for many at overseas conventions, though with significant edits to his outfit.
Read more on Wrathion here and here.
OK, let’s get into it. I was very late in making this, and had no idea how hard it would be until I actually started, but hey! This is kinda what I do – flail around until I get a burst to get moving.
So let’s break it down. Basically, it’s a pair of army or parachute pants, and a long sleeve colour-blocked tunic with long front and back panels. Doable.
The pants have dark red stripes on the inside of each leg and wider bright red panels on the outside. I actually added some pockets into the pants, and put in some sneaky slits in the side panels to allow pocket access.
Most cosplay costumes need to be sneakily altered/adjusted to allow for pockets/pouches so that you can carry your shit.
These are standard tapered pants, with more volume in the top, and an elasticated waist. Both colours are poplin.
The tunic was also not difficult – the purple is a stretch fabric of some kind and the white is a bengaline. Simple alterations of a standard long sleeved t-shirt pattern, with the centre extended.
OK. The weird side/waist armour things. Eck. Not my favourite part of the final look, but necessary to achieve accuracy. They are meant to be scaled armour pieces. The bases are made of this lovely thick black denim, then covered with a scale-embossed vinyl. The bigger panels are overlaid with smaller scales made from the vinyl. Edged in some crappy gold trim. The three pieces are lined up and attached together, so that there’s a set of three on either side.
They also kept slipping down despite being pinned to me. Definitely needing a redo if I wear this again.
This goes for the arm armour (lol) too. Vambraces? Maybe. Idk. They are also a triple set, without the extra little scales. They have a couple of strips of elastic holding them on my arm so then didn’t slip too bad.
The belt is a strip of red poplin edged and detailed in gold paint (I ran out of trim, and there are two different golds used in his outfit anyway). The brown leather cross-body belt is made up of leather scraps.
The front and back panels. These damn buttons had to be lined up and sewn individually, and my poor friend that I was making a cosplay for at the same time, was kind enough to help me mark the placement of each. Thanks Benny. I got lucky with the tassel trim here, and the wide gold band is not too bad. Detailing done in paint.
While we’re here, I’m going to briefly mention these damn epaulettes. They’re crap, I know. Ergh. They worked at the time and that was what I needed.
OK. Thank you. Onto my favourite piece – they absolute crowning (literally) piece in this ensemble. The turban. Ah!!! I had never made a turban before this, and I wrapped the basic form in ten minutes with three strips of cloth! When you’re determined, you’re determined. And son, have you met me?
The first cloth strip was short and I used that to tie around my headform (Gloria!) and used the tails as the flaps detailed with gold that you see sticking out under the turban. This was never actually attached to the actual full turban so it moved a bit. The next two were long pieces so I wrapped one around the head to build up the height, and used the third one to make the flat loops that give the bulk and final form. There are some stitches around the crown to give the indentation, but not much else is holding this together. The red strip is a completely separate loop that I detach – it simply slips over the top and holds everything in place. Glorious.
Make hats. Truly. Such fun.
Look. I tried making spats with leather scraps, but it didn’t work OK? OK. Now enjoy the turban, and let’s jump into the final details.
The necklace is made from the same scale-embossed vinyl, but it turned out better than the other stuff made from it. Cute red gem is not just for decoration – it’s accurate! So are the red eyes, though Wrathion’s are more full glowing eye, but this is what I could do.
As I was doing a Rule 63 cosplay, I took some artistic license with a few aspects. Namely, the scale make-up. I wanted to have fun with this cosplay – that is ultimately why we cosplay isn’t it? I also wanted to make a reference to Wrathion’s dragon form, which is black and glowing orange. These selfies were taken at the end of the day so the orange part has faded a bit, but the scale effect is pretty cool.
I think the eyeliner and lip colour are actually accurate to what he looks like, and he doesn’t really have hair in his human form, but mine is long so I made a simple braid. I also added a pair of coiled snake earrings as I don’t have the hoops he wears.
He does wear gloves, but I left mine at home. Oops.
WELP. So this was awesome. It was my first ever Comic Con, my first time cosplaying with this much intensity, and two people recognised my character!!! I am validated.
As always, details below. Thank you for holding out for this post (I am slow, I am sorry. It’s like 12.45m on Monday now), and thank you for coming along on this journey.
Fabric: The Remnant Warehouse
Contact Lenses: Primal Conctact Lenses via The Party People
Boots: Rubi Shoes (bought years ago)
Location: OZ Comic Con – Sydney
Photos: Niamh Kyriacou and Benjamin Pinto
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